Concrete pool decks can be slippery, especially when wet! It is hard to avoid a wet pool deck, but there are ways to help make the pool deck a little less slippery.
When it comes to choosing a pool deck sealer, there a few different types of sealers that can be used. The two most popular types of sealers for concrete pool decks are water repellent sealers and acrylic sealers. Water repellent sealers work entirely below the surface without changing the look or color of the concrete, and acrylic sealers bond to the surface and leave behind a visible surface film.
Water Repellent Sealers: Water repellent sealers work entirely below the surface and they do not leave behind a visible surface film. They chemically react and form a hydrophobic barrier in the pores that reduces water absorption by up to 95%. Water repellent sealers won’t change the surface traction properties of the concrete, but they will help to protect the concrete from deterioration caused by water absorption without leaving behind a slippery surface film. Water repellent sealers, like the Armor SX5000 and Armor SX5000 WB are great to use if you want to protect the concrete without leaving behind a surface film.
Benefits of using a water repellent sealer:
- Won’t leave behind a slippery surface film
- Won’t change the look or color of the pool deck
- Will reduce deterioration caused by water absorption such as cracking, spalling, pitting, staining
- Will reduce mold and mildew growth caused by water absorption
- Won’t change the surface traction characteristics of the concrete
- Lasts for up to 7-10 years before the need to reseal
A second type of water repellent sealer is the Armor WL550. It functions a lot like the Armor SX5000 and Armor SX5000 WB, but it also slightly darkens the concrete, pavers, and natural stone to enhance any dull and faded coloring.
Acrylic Sealers: Acrylic sealers leave behind a visible surface film. When water splashes up onto the coating, it sits on the surface of the coating. While the coating itself may not be slippery, the water sitting on the surface is. If you want to use an acrylic sealer, be sure to add a non-slip additive into the top coat. The Armor Non-Slip Additive is available in ultra fine, fine, and coarse. They are tiny little granules that help to add traction to the sealed surface. If your concrete is already sealed with an acrylic sealer and you didn’t add a non-slip additive into the top coat, simply apply another coat and add the non-slip additive into the coating.
Benefits of using an acrylic sealer:
- Surface remains completely protected from exposure to fresh and salt water pool systems
- Dull and faded surfaces will look instantly renewed
- Concrete and paver surfaces are protected against fading
- Concrete and pavers are more resistant to deterioration caused by surface abrasion and water absorption
- Concrete and pavers are more resistant to staining caused by surface spills
- The formation of mold and mildew is reduced
Acrylic sealers are available in water and solvent based formulations. If you are looking for a water based acrylic sealer, the Armor WB15 and Armor WB25 are great choices. If you are looking for a solvent based acrylic sealer, the Armor AR350, Armor AR500, and Armor AX25 are great choices.